A simple ’People You May Know’ on Facebook that grabbed the attention of a 19-year-old boy has led to the discovery and resolution of a crime committed some 20 years ago.
It all started with a picture of a woman who bore an uncanny resemblance to his mother. It was so intriguing that he had to show it to his grandmother who in turn told him to show his mother the picture on Facebook.
Little did he realise that his discovery would end a 20 year search for his abducted sister.
According to SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala on March 23,2001, a then 16-year-old teenager gave birth to a baby girl at the Ermelo Provincial Hospital and was later discharged in the company of her aunt.
“On their way to Breyten, they met a certain woman who allegedly offered to hold the baby as the mom was experiencing pain and dizziness. The aunt had been at a shop.”
The woman allegedly made off with the child and a case of abduction was opened.
“Police searched but to no avail, until new information came forth on November 29, 2021.”
Mohlala said police conducted DNA tests and the 50-year-old woman was found not to be the biological mother.
She was arrested, charged and appeared in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court.
The woman has been released on R1000 bail and will appear in court in January.
Mohlala said the now 20-year-old abductee was shocked and traumatised and is currently in a place of safety. The family live less that 50 kilometres apart.
This is not the first time that there’s been such a case in South Africa.